WADCO NEWS Volume 1 Plainville, Mass., October 8, 1920 Number 5 Tool Room Leads IN XPMBF.R OF CARS OWNED Time Lost in Hours Mesh Room Is Next While Office Is Last With None Every morning the street in front of our shop is lined with machines, and the other morning: some bright yonth was heard to remark that there were "some machines." So we set about to compile a list of those ma- chines and of the departments in which their owners worked. There is a possibility that we may have over- looked one or two, but as we found it, the Tool Room leads with 44 per cent, of its enrollment owning cars. The Mesh Room is also well repre- sented, but on account of the large number employed, the percentage is small. The Whiting Chain Co. owns four machines and one "purring motor." This is eonal to 12 per cent. Gold Department A, Mr. Rowan, shipper, reports three machines, an Essex (one cylinder gone), one Wil- lys-Knight and an Overland. This is 30 per cent, and while this depart- partment is so well represented, we cannot find a car in Cold Department B. After due consideration, we note that the Office. Repair and Foreign Departments are absolutely unrepre- sented unless we connt the five Rem- ingtons, two Underwoods, two Bur- roughs and Gene's Addressograph. Following is a table showing the num- ber of machines in each department and the percentage : Mesh Room, Tool Room. imp and Press, Bench, Maintenance, Whiting Chain, Room. Office, Coloring Room, Polishing Room, Cold Dcpt. A. This is an average of one machine to every eight employees. So we can readily see thai the street car mag- nates are having their troubles trying to make two and two equal six. Xo. IV. 15 15 l(i 44 r 21 14 •_>:; 6 is 5 12 o 18 101 ?) 1 :; r> 21 :! :>,(> 18 25 Mesh Room, 39.5 33.5 Assembly Room, 97.33 81.25 Polishing Room, 23. 17. ( loloring Room, 5.25 4. Bench Dept., 32. 29.66 Soldered Mesh Dept., 46.5 44.5 Unsoldered Mesh Dept. , 17.5 24. Tool Room, 1 :!.:> 8. Stamp and Press. 10. 8.5 Sowing Dept., 13.2.1 17.66 Rolling Dept.. 1.33 .5 Maintenance, 12..") 8. Planning Dept., 0. 2.5 Repair Dept., 7.2 5. Snap Fastener Dept., 2. .5 Gold Dept. A, 2.5 0. Gold Dept. B, 11.25 13.5 Total, 333.73 298.08 Whiting Chain Co., 12.:. 25.5 From Soldered Mesh Dept. " Never trouble trouble Till trouble troubles you," Rut when it comes along our way, What are we going to do? We got a "call *' the other day, •lusl for being late. And to stay in our seats till the bell rings Is another thing we hate. There's such a commotion at noon- time When we all start to rush for the clock That a "traffic cop" would be need- ed To guard the "frenzied flock." But after all, we realize We should make the most of our time And help instead of hinder A friend who has been so kind. So we are going to do our duty Even as Mr. Brown Who stays here till the bell rii And doesn't even frown. — ( 'atherine L. ( Ireve Sherbrooke Branch STARTED IX APRIL, 1914 The Only Mesh Bag Factory in Canada This branch was opened to handle the rapidly increasing Canadian busi- ness of the Whiting & Davis Co. Early in April, 1914, Mr. Whiting and Mr. L. W. Cook, after having pre- viously talked over the suitability of the cities in Canada, visited SI brookc They had considerable diffi- culty in locating a building that suit- ed their needs, but through the aid of Mi-. Allan, of the Standard Jewelry ( o., temporary quarters were ob- tained. Upon their return to Plainville. they sent up Tommy Kammel and Maxime Pelletier to set up the ma- chines. Pelletier was to be, and still is, the man in charge of the mesh ma- chines. On May 8th, Mr. Cook permanently located in Sherbrooke, taking charge of the business. Mr. Cook writes: "We used to think when we had green hands in Plainville that we had some job breaking them in. but we had the advantage of a lot of old experienced hands to do the finer parts of the work and show the new ones how it should be done. But bear in mind, that in starting this branch, which was an absolutely new business for this coun- try, we certainly had our troubles at the start. However, by having three or four of us from the Main Factory as instructors, we got along very well. "Our first problem after getting the machinery in place and the benches, etc., iitted up, was to get employees; which we hi that time found a very easy matter, although, of course, there was no experienced help. "We found on the start that we were somewhat handicapped, for none of us. with the exception of Pelletier, understood the French langui However, by using him as an inter- preter and as far as possible hiring employees who understood both lang- we have overcome this difficul" ty. Continued on Pa WADCO NEWS Wadco News ABOUT THE SHOP MIDDLEBORO NEWS Published Semi-Monthly by the Employees of Whiting & Davis Company, Plainville, Mass. Publication Committee J. O. Gaguon, Chairman W. M. Fuller Lee Higgins F. Gaddes O. Soderstroni H. B. Rowan Editob C. H. Peasley COMMERCIAL PRESS-PRINTERS EDITORIALS Co-operation Xo individual can get out a good shop paper aloue. It requires the as- sistance and co-operation of all. Let all who have articles or suggestions hand them in. What you are asked to do may be of more importance than you believe. Do it with a will ! Help make the "TTatfco News" one of the best shop papers in the state. Steady Work This is a good time to congratulate ourselves that we work in this shop that is the best in this section in re- gard to steady work. Steady work counts when it comes to paying the bills. This is well worth a thought. We are firmly convinced that we will never hear from Woonsocket un- til they get their coal shed. Every new day is a chance to make good the mistakes of yesterday, to do better things than ever before and to plan for a bigger tomorrow. Yester- day is gone, to-morrow lies ahead, to- day we have. Let's put our very best into it. All the success we ever win will be won in our todays as they pass. A mans appearance shows how his business is prospering. His wife's appearance shows how much he is spending. — Life. Fear You might get hurt if yon go ahead." Initiative says: "I would rather bump into something ahead than stand still and be bumped." — Edison Sales Builder. Mr. Frank E. Whiting. Chicago representative for the firm, has left for his western home, after spending the past five months in the east. Mr. Whiting was accompanied by Mrs. Whiting, their daughter, Mrs. Harry May, and grandson Frank. During their stay in the east they visited sev- eral summer resorts and Mrs. Whit- ing's former home. The shop committee has been ad- vised to wait till the middle of the month before buying potatoes for winter use. Probably they will have a price in the next issue. Our nurse. Miss Cote, made a good investment the other day. There are very few people who can buy a Glen- wood Range for a dime. Miss Lottie Shurtleff succeeds Miss Rosanna Precourt as forelady of our mesh department in Middleboro. Ros- anna. who is an accomplished musi- cian, has decided to devote her entire time to her art. Owing to the large number of sub- scribers, the maximum order for wood has been limited to two cords. In spite of this, the wood on hand has been over-subscribed, but an attempt will be made to furnish wood to those on the waiting list. The coal industry operates on an average of 216 working days a year out of a possible 304. What better reason is there for coal high in price and short in quantity ! He Got the Job A business man advertised for a boy the other night. When he arrived at the office the next morning there were some 50 boys already in line. He opened his desk and was just about to begin examining the applicants when his stenographer handed him a card on which was scribbled: "Don't do anything until you see me. I 'm the last kid in line, but I'm telling you I'm there with the goods." — The Case Eagle. If you hear of some new machines being purchased this month you can wager that the owner bet his money on the North side and is now run- ning a Ford. Mrs. Hattie Goodwin, Correspondent The day is dreary, and I feel so weary Of soldering rings in a row, An an excuse I'll take my glai And down to the sink I Tl go. The sink is placed in the center aisle ; From there, the crowd I can see. I'll make a guess asd tell their thoughts Whatever they happen to be. The Boss looks stern and serious; Furrowed is his brow. S patiently cutting patches For those that don't know how. Charlie had a slight mishap To his limousine so new ; Got it battered and badly bent — Now he's feeling mighty blue. The Stranger's heart goes pit-a-pat When a certain girl goes by. But I do not think she knows it For I plainly heard him sigh. Why don't Reginald take a hintf It would make the girls so glad, If he only would invite them For a ride with Northern Lad. May 's thoughts are centered upon the house She bought the other day ; It did not take quite half the roll She has snugly tucked away. We are glad to have Miss Lucy Back in the same old row. For we missed her cheerful chatter And her flitting to and fro. Since Mi>s Shurtleff is in charge Swiftly speeds the day: But we miss and mourn Rosanna Whom music lured away. I am wasting precious moments Telling these things to you ; I'll hasten back and try to make Another bag or two. Honesty begets !. man honest :"n his dealings with his fellows has a subsidy which nio cannot buy. He treat- ment at the hands of othe WADCO NEWS SHERBROOKE BRANCH Continued "After we had some mesh made up and the bags joined, the next prop- osition was to get them colored, as there were no colorers in the city ; our only way was to educate one. August Stark was sent here with instructions to make solutions and instruct a young man until he was able to han- dle the work alone. Mr. Stark stayed about a month, after which the man he had shown took hold of the work and is still with us as colorer. "When we first started we found business very good, but as you know, the war came on in August of that year, and for a while things looked rather bad as with the declaration of war business dropped off for a few months until matters had been re- adjusted. "Early in 1915, the Standard Jew- elry Co., in whose building we were, notified us that on account of their increasing business, they would need the space we were occupying, we then found an unoccupied building in an- other part of the city which was prac- tically re-built for us and into which we moved in October of that year. Tli is is the building in which we are located at present. The Main Shop, Office and Packing Room have a com- bined floor space of about 3500 square feet and there is a second story used principally for storage of 3000 square feet. Having so much more room en- abled us to do more of the work here Previously the finished frames were imported from the Plainville factory, but we now started to do the solder- ing and finishing here, importing the parts. On this work we found it nec- essary to have an experienced man, and Albert Prien was sent to take charge of this part of the work ana for a time he did the Bobbing, Buffing and Polishnig. Later, as the business increased, his brother Her- man was employed to assist him and eventually took over the finishing pro- cesses. the years 1916 and 1917, had many changes in our small staff, largely on account of the war. This city developed into a large mu- and a number of em- tnen and women, left us up, this work, but I am happy to say thai many of them came back into our employ after the Armistice. "During 1917, the United States entered the war and we happened to have several men, United States citi- zens, who were subject to the draft, all registered with the United States Consul here. Two enlisted, namely, Herman Prien and H. Russell Mor- gan. Prien made the supreme sacrifice in France. Morgan, after his service, returned and is now employed as fore- man of the factory. Albert Prien left us during the war to take up war work in Newark, N. J. "During the war practically all of our employees contributed to the pa- triotic fund one per cent, of their wages. During the reconstruction pe- riods there, of course, have been many difficulties, but the country is rapidly recovering and we are looking for- ward to a very prosperous future. (Signed) "L. W. Cook. NEW COMERS Dorily Sarazin, Mrs. Melvin Lowe, Arthur Magnan, Flora Landry, Marian Burdell, Mrs. J. Craik Vera Yadiserinia, Dora Ross, Harold French, Marguerite Rountry, Edward Connors, Ernest Booth, William Riley, Mrs. Blanchard, Mrs. A. Lanois, Mrs. L. Lanois, Mertil Day, YViliard Sinnuonds, Herman Gorman, Leo Lanois, Clarence ('base, Alice Bashow, Chester Xorlund, N. Mucicorono, Hugh M. Maize, Harry Avedisean, Harry Oyanian, Francis Lessard, Maintenance Unsoldered Mesh Stamp & Press Soldered Mesh Chain Co. Polishing Room Coloring Room Planning Dept. Assembly Room Lining Room Tool Room < Polishing Room Coloring Room Unsoldered Mesh Mesh Room Maintenance SPORTING DEPARTMENT Frank Brown, Editor The greater part of the W. & D. employees was at the first game in At tleboro last Saturday. If you looked over the box score you saw that the crowd of fence busters that the Attle- boro fans crow ed about did not show much class against Bob Shawkey. What will Attleboro do with their only Maranville after such a showing as he made? The attendance at the game was 7,350. We will try and beat that in our town. All up for the next game on Columbia field tomorrow. On the level, do you think that the National League has players equal to those who carry the American League colors ? Bobby Roth is going to stay in North Attleboro for all the games in order to fully find out the shortest way to put the ball over the fence. And he certainly can do the job. The Clevelands have won the hard- est fight that the American League has had for a number of years, and it seems a very popular finish. Tris Speaker is well known in these parts. The White Sox must be darned for 1921 in good shape in order to get there after the wreck they have been through. Money has made many a team, but on this occasion money and bribery have wrecked the Chicago White Sox for fair. But they will come back. We have missed from the factory, for a few days, our short stop. Ed. It is rumored that he and his brother Gene have been called to clear up the reason why the W. & I). Team lost the last game they played with the K. of ('. Can it be that there is any truth in these rumors of loose work on their part in that contest . I'.. . ish the thought! Oscar says "how come!*' Several of the factories arc anxious io si ail a Bowling League and as we have some very classy men who can twist the sphere, why can't we put in a team to represent the factory who leads in all sports? Any suggestions in forming a team will lie attended to by notifying the writer of this col limn. WADCO NEWS CAUGHT IN THE MESH % Do Accidents Just Happen? A man struck a match to see if a gasoline tank was empty — It wasn 't. A man touched an electric wire to if it was alive — It was! A man patted a strange mule to see if it was affectionate — It wasn't! A man brushed his hand along the table of a jointer to see if the machine was running — It was! A man stepepd on the ice to see if it was strong enough to hold him — It wasn't! A man determined to be careful to if it would pay — It did! Twelve nationalities are represent- ed in the Mesh Room, and Dick Berk- eley can talk all the languages — with his hands. The list : Danish. Norwe- gian. Armenian. Italian. French. Eng- lish. American. Canadian. Swedish, man. Greek and the Irish. S mething that Mr. Elsesser would like to see just once — Padgie in his chair at seven A. ML Etta i> netting to be some mechanic now. - - learning to run an en- gine turning machine. Zelma is thinking of taking up ten- uis Frank has done so well at it. Lee believes that it ' ' pays to adver- On taking the 'tt'adco .V home to his wife, about three days af- ter he obtained it. he received the k.-ys which she had found just where he had left them. We are not so sure that she n I the reward. I wonder if the Lawn Tennis Club would be willing to sell their club house before it falls down? They have kept their courts up u _ she-.: rammer Avith the help of about ready ( up for the wii. The North Team gave Peao a warm up Shawkey between inn the way to bring a sure to ]<•. and land him in npany. Mary Avery has all the symptoms of the sleeping sickness. Will M Cote kindly take notice ? Have you seen Helen's face shine since Ralph came back? Gold Dept. B's motto: Never be ashamed to work, for work is part of our lives' existence. Byron Gardner's communistic ten- dency is shown in his idea that the first umbrella he can lay his hand on is his own. We hope he will be able to buy one soon for they cost less than motor-boa Ralph Snell took part in the I. 0. 0. F. parade in Boston on the 29th of 8 -pt ember. Don't injure Rhea's feelings. She speaks first and thinks afterwards. Is this right. Jim? "Who knows anvthinsr about the * blanket raffle? See Elsie or Mildred. Wanted : A string strong enough to tie up Nancy Bell's whistle. Clarke and Morgan — twisted belt experts. - Rowan sure Daniel Webster wrote the dictionary? We wonder if Harry knows who built the ark. Edi- tor's note : We are sure he do- - Overheard at the office sb - >ne noon when Ed. and Don were smok- ing their cigar-. "Who's just been married?" Theresa has entered the "Beauty in th<- Assembly Room. What are you using Theresa? Eddie Desautelle, the ex-aviator. finding transportation too high from Pawtucket to North Attleboro four a week, has taken a room in Plain ville. Evebj that Charlie ° - ith with h< . hut if John could se loving glances Charli - -. I ;der if he would think a We wonder what Vera 's attraction is in the back office. Who will win the sweater Th spiral, bench or repair department? There are times. Henry, when ab- -mindedness is excusable. If your hair starts to grow gray, see Rose about it. She will give you a fine receipt. Fulton may be there with a bat. but when it comes to shooting du but when it con. - -hooting dr — what a shot ! By the time this paper is printed we will know something about the the world's champions. How would you like it. if you were a ball player. to wake up and find tucked under your bed flO.OOO to sell sum-- game? Do you think Galleani would do it? Not on your life. HEALTH HINTS IV Irregular teeth or premature - of teeth means that the mas- ticating surface is greatly reduced. Irregularity j s food to lodge between the teeth until a cavity •rmed. s retain foods that have undergone fermentation. All the - needed for the develop- ment of bacteria are present- warmth, moisture and material on which to t that the individ- ual who i- Bed to ers. through an uncared for mouth, everything needed. The bony - ,,f the tooth is - of various .ers which. if n - 1. may lead to - 5. The infection may I to any part of the body by the am and Tin: ventive n. ures to preserve your permai u. This is an important health measu] B.